The Gloster Javelin was a twin-engined delta-wing interceptor aircraft designed for subsonic all-weather and night use.
It was introduced in 1956 and saw service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) right through until the late sixties. Although the Javelin never saw actual combat, it was a popular jet amongst pilots and was reported to be easy to fly even on one engine.
This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original Keil Kraft/Skyleada model of a Gloster Javelin, designed to be powered by a Jetex motor.
Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin.
The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. The Jetex motor that would have been fitted to this model is no longer available.
Rapier jet motors from the Czech Republic also fit the kit and may be available at model aircraft shows but their supply is unreliable.
Some modellers have had success with electric ducted fans (EDF) but again supply can be tricky.
Designed for free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed".
This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding.
Balsa wood sheets with laser cut parts and strip wood.
Tissue to cover the model.
Full size printed plan.
Partial instructions for this kit are printed on the plan but are incomplete due to a bad scan of the original plan. Please assume that you will have to work out how to build the kit from the drawing alone.
Please Note: The model pictured above is a KK/Skyleada Gloster Javelin built and painted by John Watters. Paints and decals are not included in the kit!
INCLUDED IN YOUR KIT
This is a basic list of kit contents that will be updated with a more detailed list soon.
- Plotted plan
- Laser cut parts
- Tissue covering
- PVA Glue
Only Suitable For Ages 14+
Choking Hazard - Contains small parts, keep out of reach of children.
Most orders are shipped via Royal Mail’s Tracked 48 service.
For larger or heavier orders, we use UKMail/DHL to deliver your package on a Next Working Day service.
Shipping is free to UK Mainland addresses for orders over £30.00, otherwise we charge £6.00 for Royal Mail Tracked 48 parcels and £12.00 for UKMail/DHL Nest Working Day.
Items that fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters (59cm x 17cm x 15cm weighing less than 2kg) can be sent to most countries outside the UK.
For example up to 3 of our smaller 18” wingspan kits can fit into one of these parcels.
A parcel like this currently costs around £14 to Europe and around £18 to send to the USA and will take up to 3 weeks to arrive. This is because Royal Mail hands over the parcel to the local Post Office service for your country who have to clear it through customs and then deliver it to you.
The Royal Mail tracking code also transfers over to the tracking for your country’s postal service.
For items that do not fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters, we use standard international couriers such as DHL, FedEx and UPS.
These companies use something called volumetric weights to calculate the cost of shipping.
For example, a Balsa Basics RC bundle kit that measures 102cm x 34cm x 16cm and weighs 2.5 kg is actually calculated at 14kg!
This makes these very expensive to send outside the UK - a large kit can cost nearly £40 to send to France.